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Carlo Segre


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I can answer most questions about studying physics in college and graduate school; questions about condensed matter physics; x-ray physics; synchrotron radiation; and general and modern physics. I can also answer questions about careers in academia.

Experience in the area

Professor of physics for 30 years at Illinois Institute of Technology. Academic adviser for undergraduates and graduate students. I have served on university promotion and tenure committees, search committees for Deans and Department Chairs. I have also been an Associate Department Chair and an Associate Dean. I have 34 years experience in materials science research and I have been responsible for building and now managing a User facility at the Advanced Photon Source.


American Physical Society
Sigma Xi
American Chemical Society
American Associate for the Advancement of Science
International Centre for Diffraction Data (Fellow)
International X-ray Absorption Society


Nature; Physical Review Letters; Physical Review; Applied Physics Letters; Journal of Physical Chemistry; Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials; Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; Solid State Communications; Physics Letters; Journal of Low Temperature Physics; Journal of Crystal Growth and Design; Physics Letters; Journal of Applied Physics; Journal of Archaeological Science; Physica C; Corrosion Science; Electrochimica Acta; Journal of Nuclear Materials


Ph.D. Physics, 1981 - University of California, San Diego
M.S. Physics, 1977 - University of California, San Diego
B.S. Physics, 1976 - University of illinois, Champaign-Urbana
B.S. Chemistry 1976 - University of illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Awards and Honors

Duchossois Leadership Professor of Physics, IIT Fellow, International Center for Diffraction Data

What do you like about this subject?

Physics, and science in general has been a lifelong passion for me. I particularly enjoy understanding how Nature works and how to describe it.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

There are always new things to learn in science and specifically new, young scientists to mentor. I especially enjoy working with students at all levels, undergraduates to graduate students.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Physics is an excellent starting point for many different careers. What you learn as a physicist translates to many disciplines and careers.

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Recent Answers from Carlo Segre

2015-07-12 new materials:

Well, I think that it might be possible but I would be foolish to say yes for sure and equally foolish to say no.  Since I am not directly in that field, i am unable to assess the current state of technology

2015-07-06 new materials:

Hi terry,    I do not know of any "materials" of the kind you mention.  I do know that many researchers are in engineering are trying to develop energy harvesting "devices" that are worn on the body.

2015-06-27 Funding Basic Science:

Hi metalrose,    That is an excellent question.  Some scientists have tried crowdfunding as a way to support their research but I am not sure it has been a very successful route.      Another way, is what

2014-11-29 career orientation in physics:

You say that you re interested in mechanics.  In that case, I would suggest that you change to Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanics sub-specialization.  Physics is more about E&M and quantum mechanics

2014-07-27 Ph.D Admission:

Of course your research experience and your letters of reference are extremely important once a program considers your application fully.  In fact, at that point, the GPA and GRE scores are less important


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